1. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Better than the Apple Watch that's for sure. I'll usually have about 50% left at the end of the day which is more than I can say for the Fruity watch and if memory serves, better than the Gear S2.

    I charge all my devices every night so as long as they get me through the entire day I'm good. The ONLY watch I've had that lasts more than one day has been the Fitbit Blaze but the functionality is barren compared to the rest.
    I was getting very good battery run, finish at 35% consistently every day.
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    03-11-2018 06:00 PM
  2. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Initial impressions with the dongle - to my ear, the audio quality sounds the same as the USB-C headphones I have. No improvement there, really. The Xiaomi headphones are solid, they feel better than the Pistons I had and liked but simply wore out.

    All in all, just more headphones. I need to not buy anymore.

    On a side note that in terms of volume, the Jam Ultras sound very good. They do a good job of noise-cancelling for my ears and I use them at lower volumes as I don't like the feeling of not being able to hear the ambient sounds around me.
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    03-11-2018 08:55 PM
  3. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Initial Pixie dust impressions:

    The phone is exactly as the reviewers have said. For my needs, it just works and gets out of my way when doing stuff - just the way I like it.

    Still not a fan of the sans headphone jack move. Still not a fan of the no manual mode for the camera. Battery life is OK enough for me. Still feel that 64GB is a tighter fit for for me long term. Otherwise, phone is good.

    I do want a V30+ to compliment this though.
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    03-11-2018 09:05 PM
  4. libra89's Avatar
    Initial Pixie dust impressions:

    The phone is exactly as the reviewers have said. For my needs, it just works and gets out of my way when doing stuff - just the way I like it.

    Still not a fan of the sans headphone jack move. Still not a fan of the no manual mode for the camera. Battery life is OK enough for me. Still feel that 64GB is a tighter fit for for me long term. Otherwise, phone is good.

    I do want a V30+ to compliment this though.
    I was hoping that you'll post your impressions soon and you did! That's good that it is generally working for you. I figured that you would miss manual controls since you are so used to having them.

    That would be a nice combination to have.
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    03-11-2018 09:31 PM
  5. raycpl's Avatar
    Had a great weekend. A bit of trekking and snorkelling...



    ... !
    03-11-2018 09:31 PM
  6. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I was hoping that you'll post your impressions soon and you did! That's good that it is generally working for you. I figured that you would miss manual controls since you are so used to having them.

    That would be a nice combination to have.
    The Pixel is a very good phone to target converting iPhone users with.

    I think Google nailed it with last year's smaller Pixel and followed it up with the Pixel 2.
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    03-11-2018 09:33 PM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    The Pixel is a very good phone to target converting iPhone users with.

    I think Google nailed it with last year's smaller Pixel and followed it up with the Pixel 2.
    I agree. The Pixel series is pretty good. I'm glad that they continued the 2 size option. I hope it treats you well!
    03-11-2018 09:56 PM
  8. raycpl's Avatar
    Day out to the wonderful islands of Buhey Dulang, Semporna, Sabah...

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    03-11-2018 10:26 PM
  9. raycpl's Avatar
    Cant seem to uplaod photos in batches!!

    Anyway, here's more

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    03-11-2018 10:29 PM
  10. raycpl's Avatar
    A panaroma view from the top of the island
    (apparently, its remnants of an sea old volcano caldera)
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    Last edited by raycpl; 03-12-2018 at 03:58 AM. Reason: "caldera"
    03-11-2018 10:31 PM
  11. raycpl's Avatar
    My money shot
    The waters looks so good

    (sorry... getting errors on mTalk, and uploads aint working on Edge/Chrome...)
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    Putting on a smaller file instead!!
    Last edited by raycpl; 03-12-2018 at 03:58 AM.
    03-11-2018 10:33 PM
  12. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I agree. The Pixel series is pretty good. I'm glad that they continued the 2 size option. I hope it treats you well!
    I hope so too.
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    03-12-2018 06:56 AM
  13. libra89's Avatar
    I'm done with the two phone thing after today. I did something that I never do, I forgot the cable to charge the iPhone. That's annoying in itself but on one of my long days, it's just not going to work for my 14 hour day at 50%...

    I didn't even notice that I did actually, it took something else (not related to this at all) to make me check. Thankfully, I work at a university (which have many iPhone users, of course) so there's plenty of Apple stuff at the bookstore (official and third-party). I don't remember seeing this before but as expected, the stuff is full price. The guy who rang up my order was another one with a iPhone X.
    03-12-2018 07:53 AM
  14. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm done with the two phone thing after today. I did something that I never do, I forgot the cable to charge the iPhone. That's annoying in itself but on one of my long days, it's just not going to work for my 14 hour day at 50%...

    I didn't even notice that I did actually, it took something else (not related to this at all) to make me check. Thankfully, I work at a university (which have many iPhone users, of course) so there's plenty of Apple stuff at the bookstore (official and third-party). I don't remember seeing this before but as expected, the stuff is full price. The guy who rang up my order was another one with a iPhone X.
    It's a challenge. Because I have to use two phones during the week (work iPhone & my personal), I always check to make sure both are charged. There have been days when the work phone hasn't been fully charged (or the personal wasn't because Andy's phone doesn't play nice with Qualcomm chargers), so I understand your annoyances there.

    It's just tough sometimes.
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    03-12-2018 08:05 AM
  15. worldspy99's Avatar
    I'm done with the two phone thing after today. I did something that I never do, I forgot the cable to charge the iPhone. That's annoying in itself but on one of my long days, it's just not going to work for my 14 hour day at 50%...

    I didn't even notice that I did actually, it took something else (not related to this at all) to make me check. Thankfully, I work at a university (which have many iPhone users, of course) so there's plenty of Apple stuff at the bookstore (official and third-party). I don't remember seeing this before but as expected, the stuff is full price. The guy who rang up my order was another one with a iPhone X.
    I always have a couple of power banks with three cables - Lightning, USB-C and micro USB. Also a car charger with 4 ports and same three cables, charging dock at work and home as well. No charging cable and paying full price sounds painful.
    03-12-2018 08:08 AM
  16. worldspy99's Avatar
    Just got to the parking garage.
    I will pop back in here after I clear security check and get a cup of coffee.
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    03-12-2018 08:09 AM
  17. libra89's Avatar
    It's a challenge. Because I have to use two phones during the week (work iPhone & my personal), I always check to make sure both are charged. There have been days when the work phone hasn't been fully charged (or the personal wasn't because Andy's phone doesn't play nice with Qualcomm chargers), so I understand your annoyances there.

    It's just tough sometimes.
    I believe it for you. I remember you mentioning the quirkiness with charging the Essential.
    03-12-2018 08:18 AM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    I always have a couple of power banks with three cables - Lightning, USB-C and micro USB. Also a car charger with 4 ports and same three cables, charging dock at work and home as well. No charging cable and paying full price sounds painful.
    You sound very prepared but you probably have the room for those things. I like to carry a light load so I usually have space for a cable at the most. Phone 2 goes into the phone part of my purse and the main phone works in a pocket.

    Yep, you are right, it is painful. I checked the return policy and I can return it so I will be doing that tomorrow. The kicker of this is that this iPhone that I got not only has a new Apple brick and cable, I even have a third-party set too at that. WTF. I am tempted to put my phone on low power mode so that I don't open them.

    And I had to buy gas this morning too so this is dumb.
    03-12-2018 08:24 AM
  19. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I believe it for you. I remember you mentioning the quirkiness with charging the Essential.
    I'm surprised you didn't invest in one of those power banks. Especially being a student now. Like 99 said it may worth having around including a spare cable.

    I have one of the stupidly large ones because I wanted to being able to charge everything. There are many slim power banks, some include the charging plug on the end for lightning, USB-C and micro USB built in.

    Just a thought.
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    03-12-2018 08:26 AM
  20. worldspy99's Avatar
    You sound very prepared but you probably have the room for those things. I like to carry a light load so I usually have space for a cable at the most. Phone 2 goes into the phone part of my purse and the main phone works in a pocket.

    Yep, you are right, it is painful. I checked the return policy and I can return it so I will be doing that tomorrow. The kicker of this is that this iPhone that I got not only has a new Apple brick and cable, I even have a third-party set too at that. WTF. I am tempted to put my phone on low power mode so that I don't open them.

    And I had to buy gas this morning too so this is dumb.
    I have to be prepared since I am on the road so much. In town I am not too worried since car, work and home all have cables. When I travel I make sure I have the cables and the power banks. All travel charging accessories stay in a zip lock bag.
    03-12-2018 08:28 AM
  21. worldspy99's Avatar
    I'm surprised you didn't invest in one of those power banks. Especially being a student now. Like 99 said it may worth having around including a spare cable.

    I have one of the stupidly large ones because I wanted to being able to charge everything. There are many slim power banks, some include the charging plug on the end for lightning, USB-C and micro USB built in.

    Just a thought.
    I have a 12K mAh and 5K mAh ones. Smaller one for the phone and the larger capacity one for the tablets.
    03-12-2018 08:30 AM
  22. worldspy99's Avatar
    Beginning of this year I started flying United Airlines. At the end of this trip I should qualify for status hopefully through Feb 2020. For some weird reason the United App doesn't play nice on my Pixel or Huawei MediaPad M3 for watching movies. So I bring the iPad along for that. Otherwise two gadgets is plenty.
    03-12-2018 08:33 AM
  23. worldspy99's Avatar
    It's 6:30AM and LAX is already a fuster cluck.
    Jeez. It's gonna be a long day.
    03-12-2018 08:34 AM
  24. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Forced to participate in a company sponsored golf tournament. Is there anything more useless than golf? It's just not in a Cuban's DNA.
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    03-12-2018 08:36 AM
  25. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Forced to participate in a company sponsored golf tournament. Is there anything more useless than golf? It's just not in a Cuban's DNA.
    Channel your inner Trump and yuck it up on the course...
    03-12-2018 08:38 AM
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